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My husband is 6' 10" tall and weighs in excess of 350 pounds. The 10 mg dosage of Ambien (zolpidem) does not work for him. Can he take more due to size/weight?

My husband is 6' 10" tall and weighs in excess of 350 pounds. The 10 mg dosage of Ambien (zolpidem) does not work for him. Can he take more due to size/weight?

No: No, this is habit forming medication if u take it every day it will stop working, let him practice sleep hygiene and discuss his medication with his prescriber. ...Read more

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Zolpidem (Definition)

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Zolpidem (ambien) is a sedative-hypnotic medicine used for the short-term treatment of ...Read more


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I've been taking two Ambien (zolpidem) cr at night instead of one because I got used to dosage. Is this safe? Could it kill me? I know others do it.

I've been taking two Ambien (zolpidem) cr at night instead of one because I got used to dosage. Is this safe? Could it kill me? I know others do it.

Discuss with ur Dr: Regarding this matter. Taking any medications beyond the recommended dose will give d potential for a cardiovascular event or respiratory xompromise. God bless you. Http://www. Rxlist. Com/ambien-drug/overdosage-contraindications. Htm. Http://www. Rxlist. Com/ambien-drug/overdosage-contraindications. Htm. Http://www. Medicinenet. Com/script/main/art. Asp? Articlekey=47584. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

1 mg or less: Higher doses of melatonin can actually interfere with normal sleep. Take 0.3 to 1 mg. And see how you do. Both are generally safe, but melatonin usually has less potential for morning "hang over". ...Read more

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I've been taking 20mg Ambien (zolpidem) for years; my insurance now won't pay for 2 10mg tablets. What are equivalent dosages of Triazolam, Sonota, and Restoril?

I've been taking 20mg Ambien (zolpidem) for years; my insurance now won't pay for 2 10mg tablets. What are equivalent dosages of Triazolam, Sonota, and Restoril?

Each: Medication is different so I would talk to your doctor and try the new medicine to see which one works best for you. So it will be trial of each. Adjusting the dose as needed ...Read more

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I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia. I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia. I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

Unsafe: Your history and oversose on ambien (zolpidem) are both bad for sleep tablets used with a pt with OSA. Seek medical attention as it suggests on the label as well as a better discussion of your med history and med issues with your past and future ambien (zolpidem) prescribers ...Read more

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How many ambien (zolpidem) does it take to over dose?

How many ambien (zolpidem) does it take to over dose?

Just one. . .: You only need to take one too many pills to overdose. Heck, it's dangerous if you take even just one pill that's not prescribed for you. So don't do it! If you think you need more or something different, then ask your prescribing doc. ...Read more

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My girlfriend took 3 Ambien (zolpidem) and 3 lorazipam. Her normal dose is 1 pill of each. How concerned should I be? What should I look out for?

Ambien/Ativan OD?: Not sure what the dosages are, but watch for confusion, dizziness, and in any case, contact her doctor for advise. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed 10mg Ambien (zolpidem) to take every night, and been on it for 5+ months. I've built up a tolerance, is there a higher dose I can take?

No: Ambien (zolpidem) 10 mg is the maximum dose. The problem with ALL the tranquilizer type sleep meds is you build a tolerance to them and they don't work after a while. This is why it's best not to take these every night. Taking them every 2-3 nights works better. Alternative meds that could help with sleep are Trazodone, Remeron, or Vistaril. These often are not addicting/do not cause tolerance. ...Read more

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I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

Insomnia treatment: Zopiclone is used to treat insomnia.The average dose for adults is 5.0-7.5 mg at bedtime. Using it at higher doses increases the risk of side effects and addiction. Contacting your doctor to discuss alternatives and not stopping the medication on your own acutely is important to avoid withdrawal and other problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can be a useful treatment for insomnia. ...Read more

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I have taken my dose of miclizine. Can I take a half of Ambien (zolpidem) if I can't sleep? Last night I couldn't sleep.

I have taken my dose of miclizine. Can I take a half of Ambien (zolpidem) if I can't sleep? Last night I couldn't sleep.

Sleepless: Try going to bed at the same time every night. Turn off your electronic devices and stop texting an hour before bedtime. Listen to relaxing music an take a warm bath. ...Read more

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Can I take zolpidem as needed? I've been on it for 1 month and off for 5days. I'm having insomnia tonight can I take the 10mg dose?

Can I take zolpidem as needed? I've been on it for 1 month and off for 5days. I'm having insomnia tonight can I take the 10mg dose?

Sleep Hygiene: I agree with dr. Conovalciuc. See that you are also on diazepam. Both Ambien (zolpidem) & diazepam can be addicting. Have you & your physician tried any sleep medications that don't lead to tolerance? Good sleep hygiene is also very important. Here is some sleep hygiene information. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time >. ...Read more

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Would 1/2 dose of 5 mg zolpidem be effective for sleep? I can fall asleep but wake after 4 hrs.

Would 1/2 dose of 5 mg zolpidem be effective for sleep? I can fall asleep but wake after 4 hrs.

Depends: First identify why you do not sleep well. Sleep hygiene is preferable to use of medication for long term treatment of insomnia. Try increasing daily activity, avoid caffeine past 12 noon, daytime naps and external stimulators. ...Read more

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10 mg ambien (zolpidem) no longer works for me and my insurance no longer covers CR dose. What should I expect if I approach my doc about this? 2 yrs on ambien (zolpidem)

Insomnia, Ambien (zolpidem): I understand your need to have good sleep.

After using Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 years, you have developed Tolerance, so it is not effective any more.
Ambien (zolpidem) CR will not be effective either.
Insomnia is a symptom of effects of stress in your life for which Therapy, Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation are beneficial.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, discuss anti-anxiety medications and follow through ...Read more

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Can you take small dose of flexeril with ambien (zolpidem) for fibromyalgia pain?

Not advise: Ambien (zolpidem) can be habit forming so not advise that. You need to have your sleep accessed. To decide why you can't sleep. Ask you physician ...Read more

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I take trazodone1x50mg at night and low-dose Ambien (zolpidem) taken as needed. Trazodone doesn't seem to get me to sleep; may I add half an ambien (zolpidem)?

See below: Questions about changing medications or doses of current meds are best addressed to the doc who proscribed them. A more natural option might be the addition of melatonin before bedtime. Discuss with doc. Also important to ascertain cause (s) of insomniastress, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, eating too much too late, noisy environment, bright lights. Establish sleep regimen. ...Read more

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Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Work w/your doctor: For this question, it's best to work with your own physician so that you and s/he can be on the same page together. You need to be followed so that help is available if any of your symptoms return, etc. ...Read more

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In Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 wks. Was 5 mg but doc upped to 7.5 2 days ago. Very dizzy this afternoon. Possibly med related? Been 19 hrs since last dose.

In Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 wks. Was 5 mg but doc upped to 7.5 2 days ago. Very dizzy this afternoon. Possibly med related? Been 19 hrs since last dose.

I don't know if: Your dizziness is related to your medication. Dizziness/ light headedness and sedation can occur. If chronic sleep medication is needed then there are many options besides ambien (zolpidem). Ensure you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs. ...Read more

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She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

She's been on 10 mg / daily of Ambien (zolpidem) for 28 days. She doesn't like how it makes her feel, so she skipped last night's dose. Today she's lightheaded and dizzy. She doesn't want to take this medicine any more. Can she safely stop?

Taper: Hi, due to possible withdrawal symptoms that she has a taper off the medication would be ideal. Try full dose and half dose every other day for one week, the next week go to half dose every day and finally half dose every other day with none on the other days for one week and off. She should also talk to the doctor about how the medicine is making her feel. ...Read more

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I have been taking generic Ambien (zolpidem) for 2wks, and I still have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep I asked to be started on lightest dose?

Ambien (zolpidem): It is made to work within 15mn and not work after 2-3hours, but once launched into sleep, the sleep can go on all night. But if you wake up after a few hours, need to stop it immediately as it is not made for your actual condition. Need to treat the cause of insomnia, which is the most frequent symptom of most mental problem. Not treat just the symptom while disease worsens unavoidably. Rx early. ...Read more

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Can I take a low dose Ambien (zolpidem) with and OTC sleep aid...Two Ambien (zolpidem) (or the stronger dose) leaves me groggy in the am...One I only sleep 4-5 hours?

Can I take a low dose Ambien (zolpidem) with and OTC sleep aid...Two Ambien (zolpidem) (or the stronger dose) leaves me groggy in the am...One I only sleep 4-5 hours?

MAYBE?: Perhaps but maybe just ask for a different sleep aid that is longer acting like Restoril (temazepam) for instance. Explain to your physician. ...Read more

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I took one dose of zolpidem and was hearing voices, is that a normal side effect? Have had trouble sleeping so took a zolpidem

I took one dose of zolpidem and was hearing voices, is that a normal side effect? Have had trouble sleeping so took a zolpidem

Per: Per drugs. Com the side effects of zolpidem are:

severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; throat closing; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thinking; behavior changes; chest pain; confusion; decreased coordination; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; memory problems (eg, memory loss); new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression); severe dizziness; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or actions; vision changes.

If you experience any of these you should consult with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Just wanted to know if the following medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding: ambien/zolpidem, melatonin, low dose aspirin.

Probably: We have little evidence about any harmful effects. Trust what your OB/GYN suggests to you. If you continue to have concerns, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Dr stopped my Ambien (zolpidem) for insomnia. Tried Trazadone 25 mg. For 1 month, lethargy next day unbearable. Now I'm to take 10 mg melatonin, as 5mg did nothing. Seems like huge dose. Ambien (zolpidem) worked perfectly.?

Sleep aids: Ambien (zolpidem) is generally a very safe medication when used as prescribed ensuring that you don't consume alcohol or take with other sleep meds. I would recommend discussing with your doctor why the ambien (zolpidem) was stopped. Melatonin 10mg is not excessive and although is at the higher end of the usual dosage, is very safe. If this works for you, I would stick with melatonin as the side effects are less. ...Read more